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PLM Greetings to the Congress of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:56

To the Summit of International Political Parties

To the Extraordinary Congress of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV)

Fraternal Greetings from the Partido Lakas ng Masa, Filipinas!

(PLM or the Power of the Laboring Masses Party)

Dear Comrades and Delegates,

The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) Filipinas sends you warm solidarity greetings on this momentous occasion of the gathering of Latin American and other left parties. We especially extend warm greetings to our comrades of the Latin American left parties. We thank you for the invitation to attend the gathering and the efforts made to ensure our attendance. We are sad that we cannot join you due to the pressing political situation in the Philippines leading up to the national elections in May 2010, however, we are honoured to be able to greet you through this solidarity message.

We would also like to use this opportunity to send warm greetings to the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Commandante Hugo Chavez.

Our party in the Philippines has been following the developments in the revolutionary movement in Latin America very closely, especially the unfolding of the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and Bolivia, under the slogan of ‘Socialism for the 21st Century’. Therefore, warm greetings to the delegates from MAS in Bolivia, the FMLN El Salvador, FSLN Nicaragua, Frente Amplio in Uruguay.

And very special greetings to our comrades and heroes of the Communist Party of Cuba. Viva Cuba! Viva Fidel!

Our countries and regions have much in common. In the Filipinas, we too endured some 800 years of Spanish colonial rule, followed by the colonization and now semi-colonization by US imperialism. We too endured military dictatorships, such as the Marcos dictatorship in the 1980s, propped up by US imperialism. We too suffer a form of under-developed capitalism, which is an elite system dominated by a handful of elite families and political clans that control the political system in the country. Our economy too is dominated by the US. Our elites too are completely subservient to the interests of US imperialism. We also have common elements in our languages, with over 40,000 Spanish words to be found in our national language Filipino or Tagalog. We too have a long history of national liberation struggles, including guerrilla warfare, waged by the left movement and the people. Therefore we in the PLM know that we have a lot to learn from your struggles in Latin America and from each other’s struggles.

Given the nature of the crisis facing the global capitalist system – the economic crisis of capitalism and the environmental crisis which threatens the very survival of humanity and the planet – there is a pressing need for international collaboration and solidarity. Given the scale of the crisis, we also think that we can only come to a clearer understanding of the specific nature of the crisis and the necessary alternative strategies to address it, through the discussions and exchanges of the socialist movement, at the international level. For example, some of our leaders attended the conference of Latin American political economists organized by the Centro International Miranda in October 2008 and found these exchanges invaluable in adding to our understanding of the economic crisis. Therefore we welcome initiatives such as these.

In fact we think that there is an urgent need for greater collaboration amongst socialist parties internationally. Therefore we would like to use this opportunity to invite all the parties present to the International Socialist Conference to be organized by our party, PLM, in the Philippines in November 2010, next year.

In this framework, we are also a hundred percent supportive of your call for greater unity of the movement. Here in the Philippines we have tasted the bitter fruits of disunity and sectarianism amongst different political forces. While we have made some progress in uniting the left in our country, we still have a long way to go. While ideological unity can be problematic, we emphasize the need for political unity and unity in struggle. This disunity of the left in our country weakens the unity and struggles of our class. Therefore we must also emphasize the importance of the unity of our class – of the workers, the urban poor, the rural poor and the oppressed.

Comrades, we have a lot we can say and you also have a lot to discuss and exchange amongst yourselves.

Therefore we wish you great success in the deliberations at the conference and the PSUV congress. We know that your deliberations will strengthen our struggles and we are looking forward to meeting and discussing with PSUV and other Latin American left parties at gatherings in the future, perhaps in the Philippines next year.

Mabuhay Socialismo!

Mabuhay PSUV!

Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

Compañero Sonny Melencio,

Chairperson, Partido Lakas ng Masa, Filipinas.

November 18, 2009

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:19
 
PLM Relief Campaign Updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by PLM Task Force Ondoy   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:09

We have managed to provide relief for almost 14,000 families in our base areas. However, this represents only some 10% of our target families and so our relief operations continue. We are also bracing for four more major typhoons which are forecast to hit the Philippines in the next few weeks.

We are currently making a special appeal for trade union support.

Some 30 factories and work places that we organise are not operating due to flooding. Many of these factories continue to be submerged. Several of these are in Pasig with well over 2000 workers affected. In total we estimate that more than 5000 workers from these factories have been affected. The BMP will be launching campaigns to address the demands of these affected workers.

We are now combining relief operations with campaigns and mobilizations around demolitions/relocation, release of calamity funds and calamity loans.

We thank our supporters for the assistance given so far and please keep it coming, including for our campaigns.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:19
 
We Need a Modern Weatherforecasting Service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Thursday, 08 October 2009 10:20

A Modern Weather Forecasting System is an Essential Service!

Upgrade Pagasa Equipment Now!

Moratorium on Debt Servicing to Pay for Essential and Basic Services!

Now we find out that Pagasa’s (the country’s official weather bureau) main computer is on screensaver mode receiving no data because the main weather radar in Baguio City is on the blink (again) and all the while typhoon Pepeng/Parma continues to threaten Luzon.

We also keep hearing the refrain from Pagasa officials of the need to buy five modern ‘Doppler radars’ – equipment that we should have had decades ago. Modern weather radars are mostly pulse-Doppler radars, capable of detecting the motion of rain droplets in addition to intensity of the precipitation. Both types of data can be analyzed to determine the structure of storms and their potential to cause severe weather. This equipment could have predicted the intensity and severity of typhoon Ondoy.

We are also told that this Doppler radar costs $100,000 a piece, or a total of 25 million pesos, for the radar that we desperately need to protect and save the life and limb of our people.

SO, what’s the problem! Just buy it!

Where will the money come from? From our moneys spent on foreign debt servicing, could be one place to start. Over the five-year period from 2003-2007, for example, our foreign debt repayments amounted to some 1000 billion pesos. In the last five years Pagasa received only P4 billion for equipment upgrades. So do the math. It’s not rocket science to figure out where the money can and should come from.

A modern weather forecasting system is an essential service for the country. The problem is not the lack of money. The problem is the priorities of our political leaders and governments. Apparently it’s more important to service our dubious foreign debt than prioritize essential services and therefore the welfare and even lives of the masa.  This is the horrific truth.

The problem is that the system places little or no priority on the needs of the masa – on human needs. Partido Lakas ng Masa calls for an immediate moratorium on debt servicing so that we can buy the necessary modern weather forecasting equipment which is an essential service to save lives, as well as to prioritize the provision of other basic services for the masa.

 

October 8, 2009

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:20
 
PLM Response to LGU Forum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 10:37

Sonny Melencio

National Chairperson

PLM Response to Presidentiables Forum with the LGUs

Disaster mitigation and response must be pro-poor.

Poverty worsens the impact of disasters. Therefore effective disaster response must be pro-poor. Disasters can be mitigated by solving the housing problems of the poor, so that they live in well-built homes. It means providing basic services, free of care, such as health care and medicines, clean tap water and sanitation services. It also means increasing the budgets for poor municipalities. The LGUs however, need to be accountable. This can only be done through people being informed and involved, through participatory budgeting mechanisms. All this requires wealth redistribution towards the poor. Taxing the rich and ensuring that these taxes are collected is a form of wealth redistribution.

 

None of the Presidentiables addressed these substantive issues at the forum with the LGUs.

 

October 7, 2009

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:21
 
Flood Relief Updates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 22:38

Our latest updates show 84,415 families needing assistance in our base areas in the National Capital Region and Laguna. Pasig is still flooded and there have been requests for rubber boats. The Victoria garment factory workers, belonging to the Victoria Manufacturing Employees Union report that the factory is submerged, with the machines under water and raw materials destroyed. The union is negotiating with management to try and find ways to keep the factory operational.

Our deepest condolences also go out to the families of the 68 people reported dead in these areas.

Relief is still urgently needed this week. Please donate rice, delata, water, clothes, tsinelas and other relief goods. Drop by the PLM office or contact Amy at 434 3947 for information and/or assistance to pick up relief goods.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2010 18:21
 
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